When is chemotherapy used in the treatment of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC)?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Arjun S Joshi, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Chemotherapy has primarily been used for the palliation of advanced-stage MCC. Although most cases of advanced disease have some response to chemotherapy, the effect is not long term. Complete cure is extremely rare in patients with locally advanced disease or metastasis.


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